So you have purchased some THRIVE products and stowed them away in your basement or cupboard never to be seen again, or at least you hope you never have to see them again. Only to be used in that emergency situation, right?  What is wrong with you?  Why would you spend money on something you will hopefully never have to use? The THRIVE products are wonderful.  They taste great, are nutritious, easy to use, and will save you money if you try them.  Go ahead, bring one of your cans into the kitchen, open it up, cook with it, eat it, love it.  You won't be sorry, I promise.
Check out my recipe page for meal ideas, remember you don't have to substitute everything in a recipe with Freeze Dried product, pick one or two, start slowly, you don't need to be afraid.

I swear I have changed this three times - The following Tomato Powder information is courtesy of cooking with my food storage.   Ahem, let's see if it works this time. 

Okay let's try for #4 change.  The following is courtesy of  check out Heather's blog, it is full of wonderful informaton.

How To Use Tomato Powder?

 To purchase tomato powder or for more information click the link below.

Tomato Powder
Tomato Paste
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
Tomato Sauce
1 cup
1/2 cup
Tomato Juice
5 cups water
1/2 cup

**Remember that there is no salt in the tomato powder but in most prepared tomato products there is a ton, so make sure to taste and adjust your recipe accordingly.

Other Ideas To use Tomato Powder:
·  Sprinkle this over hot pasta with butter for a quick sauce.
·  Add it to foccacia and sprinkle some on top.
·  Add it to homemade salad dressings.
·  Mix it with mayonnaise for a great tomato mayo dip.
·  Thicken sauces, stews and gumbos with it.*this is my favorite I hate opening a can of tomato paste to just use a tablespoon to thicken a soup.
-add to baked products such as bread or tortillas.

Tomato Powder is Perfect For Soup

Juniper Inn Tomato Mac Soup
Recipe from--Leigh Ann Teeples
2 qt Water
1 package macaroni (1/2 pound)
2 qt tomato juice (1 cup tomato powder plus 8 cups water)
1 lb ground beef, (1 cup FD ground beef)
In a resealable bag:
½ C Brown Sugar
2 t Lawreys Season Salt
½ C diced dry Onion
¼ C Butter

Cook macaroni in water and juice until tender. 
Add rest of ingredients and simmer until ready to serve.

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
1 Tablespoon freeze dried onion rehydrate in 1½ tablespoons water
6 cloves garlic, minced (or use 1/4 tsp dried minced for each clove)
Olive oil
½ cup tomato powder
1 cup Water
32 oz bottle fire roasted (or sun-dried) tomatoes  (Costco has them reasonably priced in larger quantities, or roast your own during the summer and freeze for later use)
8 cups water
 8 tsp chicken bouillon
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups milk or cream (more if you like a thinner soup)
In a large soup kettle sauté onion in olive oil until almost translucent. Add garlic and continue to sauté a few minutes more. Add water, tomato powder, tomatoes bouillon. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Using a stick blender puree.  Season with salt and pepper. Add milk. Serve.

I am getting a ton of questions on how to use the Butter Powder. Must be because of the awesome sale this month. #10 Can of Butter Powder $20.39 retail price is $25.49 that is a savings of $5.10.
To substitute Powdered Butter for fresh butter in cooking

Recipe Amount              Butter powder                      Water
½ C                               ½ C                                      2 Tbl
1 C                                1 C                                       ¼ C
2 C                                2 C                                       ½ C

Using Powdered Butter in Baking

When using Butter powder in baking add the butter powder with your dry ingredients.

If the recipe calls for butter to be “creamed” with sugar, add the butter powder, sugar and water (to rehydrate the butter) and cream together. It will not look the same as when using fresh butter, but it will bake the same.

If the recipe calls for butter to be “cut in”, stir the powder in with your dry ingredients. Add the water for rehydration with the wet ingredients.

Butter powder is not recommended for frying or sautéing foods.

If you would like to purchase the butter powder please contact me for the sale pricing.
If you would like additional information about Butter Powder click the link below.

Using every last bit of your cans of THRIVE

One thing we found out quickly when we started using our THRIVE products (and I do mean quickly since the kids would inhale a can of fruit in one sitting if I let them!) was that there is this dust that settles at the bottom of the cans of the freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Throwing it away doesn’t exactly seem like a very thrifty thing to do, after all one of our selling points is that with THRIVE freeze dried foods you are NOT throwing food, and by extension money, away.
But maybe you are not sure what to do with all that dust. Today I will show some of the quick and easy things you can do to use up every last bit of THRIVE goodness!
The dust from your fruit or yogurt cans make a wonderful addition to your oatmeal or other hot breakfast cereals. It puts the prepackaged instant oatmeal packets to shame! You could also add it to cold cereals if your kids like the colored milk effect. Use the powders to add to your smoothies or shakes saving the whole pieces for the out of can snack. You can use it to naturally and healthfully flavor plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream.
If the powders are at the bottom of your vegetable cans you can use them to thicken up soups and sauces while adding an extra dose of nutrition. You can also hide a boost of veggie power in your meatball and meatloaf recipes. For that matter you can hide veggies in practically any recipe, much easier than trying to chop them so tiny the kids don’t see them!
The meat powder can be used with the whole pieces of meat if you are using them in casseroles or soups. Maybe though you didn’t realize it was there until you got to the end of the can with no whole pieces left. Just like the veggie powder the meat powder can also be used to thicken not only sauces and soups but also GRAVIES for an extra dose of meat flavor. They can be mixed into water for a broth like addition to recipes without the extra dose of sodium.
In order to keep your powders dry I recommend transferring them to a recycled jar with a good lid. Keep the oxygen absorber to throw in the jar with the pwoder to help keep it dry until you have everry last bit used up.
Tomorrow I will share my favorite not quite as quick tip for using up powders from the vegetables and meats!

Yesterday I shared some quick and easy things to do to use up the powders that form at the bottom of the cans of our THRIVE freeze-dried foods. Today I would like to share another favorite use that can be used with the veggie and meat powders. Make up a mix to use in place of “Cream of Something” soup mixes. The basic mix can be made up ahead of time and then you can add whatever meat or veggie powder you need to give the appropriate flavor for the recipe you are using. You could also add some cheese powder to replace the broccoli cheese flavor for example.
One of my favorite Cream of Anything soup mixes comes from Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill:
• 3 cups Powdered Milk
• 1 cup cornstarch
• 1 cup powdered chicken bouillon
• 2 Tbsp Onion Powder
• 1 tsp dried thyme
• ½ tsp dried basil
• ½ tsp black pepper
Mix these ingredients well in a large airtight container. For the equivalent of 1 can Cream of Something condensed soup add ½ c of the soup mix and 1 Tbsp butter to 1 ¼ cups water along with whatever veggie or meat flavoring you need. There are lots of alternative recipes on the internet if this one doesn’t suit you quite right.